The Law and Robs Reed

Yesterday, Ivor, martin and I visited North Berwick Law and today we visited Rob’s Reed. Despite last weeks heavy rain both venues are still dry with very, very few routes seeping.

Both venues are easily doable in a day from Edinburgh and provide good climbing. North Berwick Law is easier for the tall while Rob’s Reed suits all heights.

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Rob’s Reed and Elephant Rock

Ivor and I went to Rob’s Reed on Wednesday and Elephant Rock today.

The conditions were good at Robs Reed where we climbed a number of routes. The highlight of the day was Ivor’s redpoint ascent of Autobahn (F6C+). I really enjoyed the three star Climb and Punishment and would recommend this as a route for those climbing in the sevens.

Today Elephant Rock was in great condition being warm and dry (it was 21 degrees at the crag today). However, careful route choice is required as there are a number of Housemartins and Gulls nesting on the crag. There are still plenty of routes to do without nesting birds making it very hard to justify disturbing the locals!

The climbing at Elephant Rock was excellent. To fully enjoy it I would go on a warm, sunny day and aim to finish climbing early afternoon when the sun leaves the crag.

Ivor belaying at Elephant Rock.

Ivor belaying at Elephant Rock.

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were back sport climbing at Rob’s Reed near Forfar again today. We were all trying project routes for us, so were working hard.

Ivor working the very good Autobahn.

Ivor working the very good Autobahn.

The crag was dry, sunny and sheltered from the North-East wind making for ideal climbing conditions.

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were out again sport climbing in Angus today. We climbed at the conglomerate sandstone crag of Rob’s Reed near Forfar. Routes here tend to be vertical to overhanging and can be difficult to read due to the conglomerate offering lots of potential options; some of which are right.

Euan heel hooking through the roof on the two star Car Pit Baggers.

Euan heel hooking through the roof on the two star Car Pit Baggers.

The crag is very dry for the time of year with all routes looking to be in climbable condition. Another good day to get the rock climbing going for the season.

Rob’s Reed

Ivor and I were climbing at Rob’s Reed today near Forfar. Despite last nights rain the crag was the driest I have ever seen it. Conditions were good in the November sunshine.

Photo by Ivor McCourt.

Photo by Ivor McCourt.

A Days Cragging

Ivor and I were at Rob’s Reed today. We normally climb here in the spring and autumn and I was surprised how much undergrowth springs up around the crag in the summer and how much the trees shelter the crag from the sun.

We did have a good day but some routes are a bit damp and the friction was not as good on the harder routes as it is when the vegetation is low.

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7A at 70!!

Ivor, Martin and I were out climbing at Robs Reed. This is an excellent, well bolted venue near Forfar which is quick drying. The highlight of the day was Ivor redpointing F7A. This is an excellent effort which is even better given that Ivor turned 70 in February.

There are more photos and a video clip on the climbnow facebook page.

Ivor climbing at Robs Reed.

Ivor climbing at Robs Reed.

Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I headed to Ron’s Reed near Forfar today for some sunny rock climbing. This is a south facing bolted sandstone conglomerate crag and has some excellent routes starting from about 6a. The nature of the rock means it’s not the easiest place to onsight, as finding the key holds can take a moment or two. However. it’s well worth a visit and proved a good place for the first proper rock climbing day of the year.

Euan setting off on the very good Autobahn with Ivor belaying

Euan setting off on the very good Autobahn with Ivor belaying

Back at Rob’s Reed

Euan, Ivor and I were back at Rob’s Reed again today. With around 50 routes in the 6a to 7c range this crag is well worth a visit. The crag was dry, but due to the wind direction not as warm as last time, particularly when the sun disappeared behind the clouds.

Me on Italian Stallion. Photo Credit: Ivor McCourt

Me on Italian Stallion. Photo Credit: Ivor McCourt

Between us we climbed a number of routes including Italian Stallion, Forfaraway, Autobahn, Need for Speed, Grand Theft Auto and One Foot in The Door. All of these gave good climbing, often with hard technical starts.

Euan on Need for Speed

Euan on Need for Speed

We may have left a pair of white sunglasses in a white case at the crag, if anyone finds them please give Euan a call on his number on the Climbnow website.

Ivor onsighting Forfaraway

Ivor onsighting Forfaraway

Euan on One Foot in The Door

Euan on One Foot in The Door. Photo Credit: Ivor McCourt.

 

Ley Quarry

After climbing at Rob’s Reed yesterday, Ivor, Zach and I visited Ley Quarry today. The weather once more was beautiful. We climbed a number of routes. It is worth noting that Ley Quarry definitely suits the taller climber.

Climbing in the sun at Ley Quarry.

Climbing in the sun at Ley Quarry (photo by Ivor McCourt).

Zach enjoying 'Footfall' at Ley Quarry.

Zach enjoying ‘Footfall’ at Ley Quarry.